What are your preferences? Do you like the soft pastels of lavender, blue, pink and yellow? Or do you like to see a hot splash of orange or red in the flower border? Colors can sooth or stimulate the eye and create many moods. Don't forget green! A successful garden has many shades of foliage; gray, red, chartreuse, yellow and silver. These will be the color interest when the blossoms are spent.

Color doesn't have to come from flowers alone! This colorful garden furniture adds contrast and enjoyment to this Palo Alto garden.

Color is an important part of any garden...but it doesn’t always have to come from flowers, as you can see from this San Carlos garden. Think leaves before blossoms when designing your garden and you can have vibrant color throughout the year!

When planing a Four Season garden, be sure to include this colorful and late summer and fall bloomer, Echinacea purpurea and all its lovely cultivars!

Don't be afraid to use bold colors! Remember that cool colors recede in the garden and warm colors advance. These trailing succulents grab your eye and take you into the garden.

Have a wall in your garden that you don't know what to do with? Paint it a vibrant color and make it a garden feature!

Use color to give your garden style and personality. This perennial garden was the back drop for a June Wedding. The wedding colors were repeated in the flowers.

Don't be afraid to use color! The added window box, painted shutters and colorful Geraniums add personality to this corner of the patio.

These colorful birdhouses add focal points for the perennial border.

The deep purple of Lavandula Stoechas 'Otto Quast' contrast beautifully with the gray of the Swan Hill Olive and the Lamb's Ear.

When thinking color, think foliage. Blossoms are transitory but the leaves are what keep color in the garden all year. Phormium 'Cream Delight', Acer 'Garnet', and Festuca ovina 'Glauca' all add interest to this rock garden.

Adding colorful red tulips and the flowering Prunus 'Akebono,' helps pop out the background in this early spring garden.

This Wiegela florida variegata packs a double whammy of color with its variegated leaves and pink flowers.

Roses bring spectacular color to the garden. Here the rose punctuates the surrounding green.